April 25, 2007


Giuliani Faces Skeptical GOP Voters (LIZ SIDOTI, 4/24/07, Associated Press)

Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani defended his positions on a late-term abortion procedure and gun control Tuesday as he faced skeptical GOP voters who questioned his sincerity. [...]

Molly Smith, 27, of Hooksett, N.H., a Republican who says she supports former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, noted Giuliani's backing of abortion rights as well as his response last week to the Supreme Court ruling.

"How can we trust you on this issue?" Smith asked.

"I think you can be personally opposed to it, hate abortion, respect somebody else's conscience who might make a different decision, and also believe that particular form of abortion is wrong," Giuliani said.

Peter Bearse, 65, a Freemont, N.H., Republican who said he isn't yet backing a candidate but is leaning toward Arizona Sen. John McCain, asked how Giuliani planned to survive a GOP primary given that his past and current positions on abortion and gun control are in conflict. That, Bearse said, raises questions about "believability."

"I'm older than most here, so I remember certain things," Bearse said, recalling that the ex-mayor had advised Clinton on the issues.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 25, 2007 8:11 AM

I support Rudy but McCain is the only major GOP candidate who is both pro-life and pro-gun. That includes Fred who is pro-abortion also. (Yes, his current position is that he is pro-life, it is just a position.)

Posted by: Bob at April 25, 2007 9:19 AM

I've always loved this blog, God Bless it....

But ain't you the guys who gave me reason after reason the American people would never vote Democrats in last November?

I'm jus' sayin'....... ;-)

Posted by: Andrew X at April 25, 2007 9:41 AM

Yes, note that the GOP had minimal losses for a 6th year election. Indeed, McCain/Bush will have little problem carrying in at least a GOP House.

Posted by: oj at April 25, 2007 10:01 AM

Sorry, Duce, that dog won't hunt. We are not buying that line of, "I'm personally opposed to death camps, but I respect Heinrich Himmler's conscience if he might make a different decision."

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 25, 2007 10:14 AM

What an asute lady Molly Smith - too bad there aren't quite a few more republicans like her.

Posted by: David Glick at April 25, 2007 12:49 PM